Any time you allow just 10 points in the game of American football, especially in your home arena, it's an expected win. On the other hand, when you score just six, there are extremely minimal scenarios that exist where that garners a victory. Such was the case on Monday night between the Texans and the Bengals.
There wasn't much for the Bengals to hang their hats on, in terms of great individual performances, but we're still rolling out our weekly MVP award. Cast your vote and sound off on your winner!
Vincent Rey, LB: The longtime backup linebacker is still seeing significant playing time, even though both Rey Maualuga and Vontaze Burfict are back in the lineup. Rey had four total tackles and a sack on the evening, and helped to hold the Texans to just 82 net rushing yards.
Domata Peko, DT: Cincinnati utilized a rotation up front, but the veteran Peko had three total tackles, with one stuffed run and a sack. Peko was another contributor to the solid defensive effort on the evening.
Giovani Bernard, RB: In another game where Hue Jackson failed to consistently run the football, Bernard still made quite a few plays--mostly as a receiver. There were times where Bernard seemed sure to be brought down short of a first down, but he somehow converted plays with his shiftiness. He finished with eight carries for 36 yards and five catches for 43 yards.
Mike Nugent, K: You have to nominate the only guy who scored points, right? Nugent had a big 42-yard kick, that was made increasingly difficult by a Tyler Kroft holding penalty on a 32-yard attempt he made. He had six total points--the only ones that remained on the scoreboard as the game clock showed all zeroes.
Dre Kirkpatrick, CB: The veteran corner had one of his best games of 2015. He had three big passes defensed, the most he's had in a single game all year, and really helped to shut down the Texans passing offense--especially early.